2 Research Associates

The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt @HSFK_PRIF offers two positions for doctoral researchers in the competence network African Non-military Conflict Intervention Practices funded by @BMBF_Bund; deadline 31 January 2022



For the BMBF-funded competence network “African Non-military Conflict Intervention Practices” (ANCIP) (project leader: Dr. Antonia Witt), we are looking to recruit, as of 1 April 2022,

Two Research Associates/Doctoral Researchers (m/f/d) (65%),
Pay group TV-H 13,
for a period of four years (fixed-term contract according to WissZeitVG).

The goals of the competence network ANCIP are the development of an online database of non-military interventions by African regional organizations (AU and RECs), the empirical reconstruction of intervention practices and routines of African actors, and corresponding theory-building. In the competence network, researchers at the University of Leipzig, the University of Duisburg-Essen and PRIF will work together with an extended network of international partners in Europe and Africa. The positions to be filled at PRIF are located in the Junior Research Group “African Intervention Politics” in Research Department V “Glocal Junctions”.

Two projects of the competence network will be conducted at PRIF. The aim of Project I is the systematic analysis of the role of special envoys (High Representatives, Special Envoys or Special Representatives) appointed by the AU and RECs (ECOWAS, IGAD) in regional non-military interventions. Specific focus will be placed on the knowledge bases, practices and scope of action of the respective special envoys, their institutional embedding, as well as their interaction and interfaces with other actors. Two comparative country case studies are planned (AU/ECOWAS in Mali, AU/IGAD in South Sudan). Project II aims to examine the practice of involving civil society actors in non-military interventions by AU and ECOWAS. Beyond formal cooperation and inclusion mechanisms, the project’s main aim is to reconstruct, on the basis of two country case studies (Mali and Guinea) and through a social network analysis, patterns of access for individual and collective local actors to regional non-military interventions as well as exclusion mechanisms at work.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Position 1: Development and implementation of a study on the role of special envoys appointed by the AU, IGAD and ECOWAS in regional non-military interventions with a focus on Mali and South Sudan;
  • Position 2: Development and implementation of a study on the practice of interaction with and integration of local civil society actors in non-military interventions of the AU and ECOWAS with a focus on Mali and Guinea;
  • Participation in the joint evaluation of research results as well as the activities of the network (including knowledge transfer to decision-makers); 
  • Presentation of research results at academic conferences and preparation of academic publications as single and co-author;
  • Participation in the committees of PRIF self-administration.

The positions as well as the respective project can be used for your own academic qualification (doctoral dissertation).

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • A very good university degree in political science, peace and conflict studies, African studies or another social science qualifying for a doctorate at a German university; 
  • Research interest in the field of African regional organizations, interventions, mediation;
  • Regional focus on Africa demonstrated through internships or research stays;
  • Knowledge of French to independently conduct research in Francophone Africa;
  • Good knowledge of qualitative social science methods;
  • Ability to work independently, ability to work in a team, willingness to undertake several months of field research and travel activities within the framework of the competence network.

We expect very good oral and written English language skills as well as the confident use of common office software. Knowledge of the German language is not required. However, it is expected that the applicant shows willingness to make efforts to acquire German language skills within the next one to two years.

The position is subject to the final approval of third-party funding by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

PRIF is the holder of the Total-E-Quality award. It wants to reduce unequal representation in the occupational groups and promote the compatibility of work and family. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified.

Please send your complete application documents (cover letter, CV without picture, relevant certificates) under “Reference number 5_ANCIP” together with a maximum five-page synopsis of a planned or already running doctoral project in the thematic focus of the competence network by 31 January 2022 in one pdf document to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. Unfortunately, application costs cannot be covered.

German version of this job offer: https://www.hsfk.de/karriere/freie-stellen#c4960